Introduction to the Program and School Grades

Primary Years Programme

At Al-Bassam International Schools, We are an IB-PYP Authorized School our learners are enrolled as Primary Years Program learners aged 3 to 12 years old in the Kindergarten and up to the Sixth grade classes.

The Primary Years Programme (PYP) offers a transdisciplinary, inquiry-based and student-centered education with responsible action at its core, enabling students to learn between, across and beyond traditional subject boundaries.

The framework serves as the curriculum organizer and offers an in-depth guide to achieve authentic conceptual inquiry-based learning that is engaging, significant, challenging and relevant for PYP students.

Through the programme of inquiry and by reflecting on their learning, PYP students develop knowledge, conceptual understandings, skills and the attributes of the IB Learner profile. Informed by constructivist and social-constructivist learning theories, the emphasis on collaborative inquiry and integrative learning honours the curiosity, voice, and contribution of the students through six transdisciplinary :

Who We Are

Where Are We In Place and Time

How the World Works

How We Organize Ourselves

How We Express Ourselves

Sharing the Planet

PYP Learners study the following six fields as framed by the IB program:

The Language

Social Studies

Personal, Social and Physical Education


Science and Technology


Classes are also offered for Identity Subjects, which are Arabic Language, Islamic Studies and the Holy Qur’an.

Middle Years Programme

Al-Bassam International Schools we are interested on the MYP, we receive middle school learners where we seek to implement the practices of the Middle Years Program, a program offered for the age group from 11 to 16 years and that encourages learners to make practical connections between their studies and the real world. The Middle Years Program is comprehensive by design so that it enables learners of all academic interests and abilities take advantage of their participation.

The MYP requires at least 50 hours of teaching time for each subject group in each year of the programme. In years 4 and 5, students have the option to take courses from six of the eight subject groups within certain limits, to provide greater flexibility in meeting local requirements and individual student learning needs.

Each year, students in the MYP also engage in at least one collaboratively planned interdisciplinary unit that involves at least two subject groups.


Middle school learners study subjects according to the following topics:

Language acquisition

Language and literature

Individuals and Societies




Physical Education and Health


Information Technology classes, as well as Identity Subjects, which are Arabic language, Islamic Studies, and Social Studies are also offered.

IB Learners’ Profile

One of the most prominent characteristics of the IB school learners is the development of a series of traits that make up their personalities. This takes place within the context of the school day and practices that focus on the learners being inquirer, thinker, knowledgeable, principled, balanced, caring ,courageous and open-minded.

IB learners are also:

  • encouraged to think critically and solve complex problems

  • drive their own learning

  • a core part in educational programs that can lead them to some of the highest-ranking universities around the world

  • more culturally aware, through the development of a second language

  • able to engage with people in an increasingly globalized, rapidly changing world.

This is since the International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.